Belle Glade Sun

Pahokee Blue Devils defense strong against Clewiston

PAHOKEE – Pahokee’s defense was strong Friday, Sept. 23, as the Blue Devils moved to (5-0) with a 28-0 victory over Clewiston.

The Blue Devils held Clewiston to under 100 yards offense until the fourth quarter.

“The defense did its thing,” Coach Orson Walkes said, “Our defensive line was active, our linebackers came alive and our secondary did a good job.”

The Blue Devils though didn’t do much against the Tigers stubborn defense until the second half. Pahokee held a (7-0) lead at halftime.

“We got a little better run game in the second half, the first half was a struggle,” Walkes added.

Rodney McKay was the steady influence as he had 179 yards rushing including a burst for a 75 yard score in the third quarter. He had three rushing touchdowns.

Walkes said quarterback Tyrone Smith didn’t seem comfortable for the entire evening. “We had some receivers open but just didn’t hit them. He needs to go through his progressions and work on things. I know he’ll get better.”

Tyron Arnett scored the other Pahokee touchdown on a five yard pass from Smith.

Boca Raton (4-0), coached by Jack Urbaniuk, is the biggest threat so far to the Blue Devils. They play in District 8A-10. The Bobcats have defeated West Boca 28-7, Palm Beach Gardens 30-28, Spanish River 31-7 and Santaluces 37-0.

Coach Walkes said the Bobcats are a pretty solid team and this game should be a good test for his team.

“It will show us where we stand. They have good athletes, they are well coached, and they are undefeated,” he added.

Walkes said he doesn’t want his team to stop improving and working. He said a lot of work is left to be done. “Boca Raton beat us last year so we were left with a bitter taste in our mouth. We look to return the favor this week.”

Key players for Boca Raton include quarterback Michael Leon, running backs Shelley Singletary and Predner Elmor, wide receiver Jeremy Reynolds and defenders Christopher Comito and Keon Davis.

The game Friday, Sept. 29, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at 1501 NW 15th Court in Boca Raton. There is a charge for parking and admission.